By Heather Abraham

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A Fayette County family has lost their second home in a matter of months to fire.

According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out at a home on Main Street around 7 p.m.

KDKA spoke with Jim Riggin, who said his 25-year-old son, his son’s girlfriend and their 2-year-old boy moved into Riggin’s home on Main Street recently.

His son’s previous home was destroyed by a fire in August.

Sunday night, Riggin’s home, which he shares with his wife, four children, grandson, and father-in-law caught fire. Only a portion of the two-story home was left standing.

“I don’t know what to do. I’m at a loss for words,” Riggin said. “I just worry now, just make sure my kids are ok.”

Riggin said that everyone was able to get out safely, but shivers to think of how that could have been much different. He said that his father-in-law was recently hospitalized and he took the baby to go visit him in the hospital just before the fire started.

“Thank God he was in the hospital, because if he was here, he would have never gotten out. He’s handicapped and there’s no way he would have gotten out.” Riggin said, “It was a good thing we left, because we would have been in there sleeping. There’s no doubt that me and the baby wouldn’t have gotten out.”

The family returned to the home Monday morning, hoping to find a few mementos that survived the fire.

They also thanked friends and neighbors who helped them last night. For now, they’re staying at a local hotel, unsure where they’ll go next.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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